There are 2 main translations of primero in English:

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primero 1

also: feminine: primera

adjetivo, pronombre

primer is used before masculine singular nouns
  • 3 (básico, fundamental) See examples: nuestro primer objetivo es …
    our primary objective is …
    artículos de primera necesidad
    basic necessities
    lo primero es asegurarnos de que no corren peligro
    the essential o most important thing is to make sure they are not in any danger

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There are 2 main translations of primero in English:

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primero 2


  • 2 (en importancia) See examples: estar primero
    to come first
    para mí primero está mi familia
    as far as I'm concerned my family comes first
    primero está la obligación y después la diversión
  • 3 (para expresar preferencia) See examples: primero se queda sin comer que pedirle dinero
    she would sooner o rather go hungry than ask him for money
Example sentences
  • Primero quiero jugar aquí y luego pensaré en la selección.
  • Pensé primero que 800,000 era un error tipográfico.
  • Son señales claras de que primero está el interés nacional.

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